PISE Presents at the International Physical Literacy Conference 2013


Louise Hodgson-Jones

April 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Andrea Carey, Andie Pask and Kelly Graham from the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Victoria, BC will be three of the presenters at the International Physical Literacy Conference 2013 (IPLC 2013) in Banff, AB from April 20 – 23.

The International Sport for Life Society (IS4LS) is hosting the conference.

Their presentation will be: The Realities of Delivering Physical Literacy Programs in ‘At Risk’ Schools. As a leading proponent of physical literacy programs in the Victoria community, PISE works with schools to deliver a wide range of sports and games that help kids practice their fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills. Their after-schools programs include working with the ‘at risk’ population.

“A lot of the physical literacy messaging currently out there is directed toward typical, middle-class families,” explains Carey. “But how does the application of physical literacy change in an after school program where 98% of the population are Aboriginal, and deemed 100% at risk? We will explain how we adapt physical literacy programming when we are working with children and youth from more challenging backgrounds.”

Carey, Pask and Graham are active at PISE and in their community promoting physical literacy: Carey as Director of Operations and Community Engagement, Pask as Physical Literacy Coordinator, and Graham as Physical Literacy Programmer.

PISE currently delivers physical literacy in five schools in Greater Victoria including Tillicum Community School and Craigflower Elementary, from Kindergarten to Grade 5, and play school groups at the Cridge Centre for the Family. “With a 98% aboriginal population, Craigflower is deemed 100% at risk, so we are grateful to have the opportunity to deliver a program there. We help the students develop not only physical literacy, but social literacy and emotional management skills as well,” explains Pask.

IPLC 2013 will highlight international best practices, advance sport and physical activity and promote the physical literacy movement. Over 225 delegates world-wide have registered. The International Sport for Life Society was founded in 2012, with the goal of achieving a healthy and active worldwide population by enhancing the quality of sport and physical activity around the world, through improved athlete training and better integration between all stakeholders in the international sport system.